"Speed-dating" and speeches at our annual meeting
Spennymoor Leisure Centre was the venue for our annual meeting on 27 June 2018, with breakfast, speeches, surveys and “speed dating” sessions the order of the day.
More than 50 people joined us from public and voluntary sector health and social care organisations, along with volunteers and members of the public. Our guest speaker was Jason Cram, Associate Director of Nursing for County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, who talked about how keen the Trust is to work with Healthwatch to gather independent patient feedback.
We launched our 2017-18 annual report at the meeting, which reviews many of our highlights from the last year. We also looked ahead, using "speed-dating" sessions to introduce some of the topics we’ll be working on over the next 12 months, including mental health services and access to GPs. Sarah Douglas from Durham County Council Commissioning gave the closing address, complimenting Healthwatch on making sure patients and service users in County Durham are listened to by the right people.
Thanks to everyone who came - but don't worry if you didn't attend, you can find out all about our past and present work right here.